Student voice: Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees

Photo by Gage Skidmore, published on February 10, 2011, Some rights reserved, licence link:, original link to work: Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2011.

Last Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive action limiting refugees from coming into the US. This action sparked much controversy and many airport protests. The Lambert Post has asked students to voice their opinion on the matter.      

“I feel that, for the time being, that it is necessary until Islam gets some sort of reformation. I’m not really for [banning them all], but there’s just way too many coming in, streaming in and we don’t know what they’ll bring,” said Freshman Jasmine Milligan. “I don’t really know whether he’s just doing this to appeal to people, or just to say “haha” to the people who oppose him, or if he honestly knows what he’s doing.”        



Senior Renee Evangelista said, “I don’t really know much about it. I don’t really keep up with Trump.” However, she says that “obviously, it’s not a good thing, but he does have a point because of what’s been happening in other countries.”









“I know that he has banned Muslims from seven countries from entering and this is for a set period of 90 days. And in this 90 days, he wants to come up with a better system of standards for immigration,” said Freshman Bhargavi Tiruchinapalli.

After being asked about protestors of the ban in airports, Tiruchinapalli said, “I would tell them what they’re doing is right because they are standing up for what they believe in. They’re fighting for something that is unfair because of certain religious affiliations.”



Sophomore Eric Zhu said “I feel like that he’s working with what I believe is good intentions to protect the American people, but he’s not going through domestic violence issues such as the shooter in Florida that came from Canada and the domestic shooters…I would ask him about what other long-term measures he will enact and what he will do about school shootings and American citizens becoming radicals.”

As for the protestors in airports, Zhu said, “I would applaud them and I would congratulate them and ask them to keep doing this. I believe that while he is stopping some terrorists from coming, many, many people are prevented from coming to the United States after they have been approved and are detained.”

Senior Taylor Pigg said that, “According to his words, it’s a ban on anyone in seven countries that are predominantly Muslim. He’s trying to come back with that by having his head of press that it’s not actually a ban; it’s just a certain vetting process. There’s a lot of confusion on what the actual executive order says… It does come down to it being a race and religion thing.”

“I think we are getting very close to making decisions that are going to lead us into [not] being a country of freedom anymore. I think that we’re going against the first Amendment. And I think that we’re going to end up promoting more and more hate crimes, and not because we’re necessarily saying it’s okay, but because the president is saying it is.”